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The Bookshop (2017)

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England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

Director:

Isabel Coixet

Writers:

Isabel Coixet (screenplay), Penelope Fitzgerald (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Mortimer ... Florence Green
Bill Nighy ... Edmund Brundish
Hunter Tremayne ... Mr. Keble
Honor Kneafsey ... Christine
Michael Fitzgerald Michael Fitzgerald ... Mr. Raven
Frances Barber ... Jessie
Reg Wilson ... General Gamart
James Lance ... Milo North
Patricia Clarkson ... Violet Gamart
Lucy Beckwith Lucy Beckwith ... Guest One
Nigel O'Neill ... Mr. Deben
Jorge Suquet ... Mr. Thornton
Harvey Bennett Harvey Bennett ... Wally
Lana O'Kell Lana O'Kell ... Ivy Welford
Adie Allen ... Mrs. Traill
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Storyline

England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.

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A town without a bookshop is no town at all. See more »

Genres:

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements, language, and brief smoking | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official website

Country:

UK | Spain | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La librería See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Budget:

€3,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,588,150, 11 October 2018
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Trivia

Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson have also worked together in Shutter Island (2010), Lars and the Real Girl (2007), and in The Party (2017) which was released in the same year as this film. See more »

Goofs

A book purporting to be Philip Larkin's Collected Poems appears several times in this film. However, Larkin's poetry was not brought together in a single volume until 1988, 29 years after this film was set. See more »

Quotes

Christine: [looking at Richard Hughes's A High Wind in Jamaica, which Florence has ordered her to read] What's it about?
Florence Green: It's about good pirates and evil children.
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Anyone for Croquet
Written by Fred W. Hartley
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I enjoyed this movie thoroughly.
23 May 2018 | by bittybabys04See all my reviews

I have never bothered to write a review before so here it is. A young widow of 16 years pursues her dream of owning and operating a bookshop in a fictional village, Hardbourough, Suffolk, UK.. She, Mrs. Green, is a woman of integrity, (Emily Mortimer). We come to know her by how she treats others and the developing relationships she has in this new town of hers. The young people of the story, Christine, the young local girl working in the bookshop, even though she doesn't like to read. The young boy, Wally, running errands and delivering correspondence from Florence to Mr. Brundish (Bill Nighy). They come to admire Florence Green, seeing her courage as she goes against the wishes of the local socialite, Violet Gamart. (Patricia Clarkson) . Violet is a nasty piece of work invoking a deep disdain in ones emotions. The story is full of examples of strength of the human spirit and how good eventually overcomes wickedness in unpredictable ways. The last scenes make the entire film worth watching,(a tad slow I'll admit) , until you get there and unexpectedly see how this charming story delightfully ends.


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